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Looking back on 2009
January: Barack Obama became the 44th President of the United States. He was the first African American to be elected to this office. Obama is the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. January: Somali pirates attack dozens of vessels, but only succeed in hijacking a small percentage. But they make those they capture pay dearly - an orange container with $3 million cash inside it was dropped onto the deck of the super-tanker MV Sirius Star to secure the release of ship and crew.
April: The H1N1 virus is detected for the first time. It leads to the 2009 flu pandemic - a global outbreak of "swine flu." Scientists who analysed the virus said it contained a combination of genes from swine, avian (bird), and human influenza viruses. June: Young people rally in support of Iranian reformist candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi a few days before the national election on June 12
June: Michael Jackson dies at age 50. His death triggered an outpouring of grief from around the world with his globally live broadcast memorial service attracting an audience of up to one billion people. August: Cassini beams back pictures of Saturn's equinox. Saturn's orbit is so vast that Equinox happens only once every 15 Earth years.
September: Roger Federer wins his 15th Grand Slam title October: The government of the Maldives has held a cabinet meeting underwater to highlight the threat of global warming to the low-lying Indian Ocean nation.
November: Dubai announces it is to appoint female muftis for the first time, in 2010.
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